England Athletics eBulletin - March 2018 issue 2

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We had a very exciting indoor combined events championships weekend in Sheffield, as well as our 10k walk champs in Coventry and a team representing England in Switzerland.  Looking forward, we will be reporting from the English Schools' AA Cross Country champs near Leeds this coming weekend, and if you want to get even closer to athletics action why not consider volunteering to become a marshall at the Southern or Midlands Road Relays?

We continue with our Club Run programme with a report from the Spa Striders who are preparing for 5k and 10k road races, and remind runners of international road running opportunities, plus a new initiative with our partners DW Fitness First.

In our features section, take the time to familiarise yourself with the new UK Athletics Rules for Competition which come into effect on 1st April.


LATEST NEWS
Emily makes a Bee line for pentathlon gold Emily makes a Bee line for pentathlon gold

The first of our 2018 Under 17 combined events champions was crowned today with the one day U17 women's pentathlon champion Emily Bee taking gold, 45 points ahead of Steph Driscoll in silver and Iris Oliarnyk took the bronze trailing just 10 points.  The first day of the U17 men's heptathlon sees Theo Adesina in the lead overnight.

Under 17 indoor Heptathlon British Record smashed in Sheffield! Under 17 indoor Heptathlon British Record smashed in Sheffield!

It was all change for Day 2 of the Under 17 men's indoor heptathlon.  With athletes' strengths and weaknesses dramatically changing the positions after day 2's sprint hurdles, pole vault and 1000m, it was an exciting spectacle in Sheffield.  Meanwhile, our Under 15 athletes were making their mark in the one day indoor pentathlon on Sunday.

New Balance ESAA Cross Country Championships: preview New Balance ESAA Cross Country Championships: preview

This year Leeds will host the English Schools' AA Cross Country Championship on Saturday 17th March. Temple Newsam Park is the location for the 58th boys' and 50th girls' event. The Junior and Intermediate age groups will be selected for the SIAB International at Wollaton Park on the 24th March.

England Athletics 10km Race Walking titles achieved by Snook and Garcia England Athletics 10km Race Walking titles achieved by Snook and Garcia

The England Athletics 10km Race Walking Championships was incorporated into the Molly Barnett Open Walks, promoted by Coventry Godiva Harriers on Sunday 11th March.  With England’s top walkers in action in Lugano, this left the way clear for the younger generation to take victory.  Junior Chris Snook took the Men’s 10km Championships, and Ana Garcia became the women's England Champion.

Road Running - Spring International Opportunities Road Running - Spring International Opportunities

England Athletics are offering developing juniors as well as developing and elite senior runners a number of England representative opportunities at a range of distances on the roads this coming Spring.  This includes the Great Ireland Run, Attnanger Road Mile International (Austria), Trofeo Opitergium (Italy), and Lillebaelt Halv Marathon (Denmark).

Get really close to Road Relays action! Get really close to Road Relays action!

The 12 and 6 stage Road Relays are the highlight of the calendar for many athletics and running clubs and always provide an exciting competition.  This year both the SEAA and MCAA are providing opportunities for volunteer marshals to work alongside the race officials during their respective South of England and Midlands Road Relays Championships in March.
 

Essential international experience for England walks team in Switzerland Essential international experience for England walks team in Switzerland

An England Athletics race walking team competed in Switzerland over the weekend race walk teams for the Lugano Trophy 15th Memorial Mario Albisetti 20km.  This year, to continue to provide international race opportunities and experience prior to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, a team of four competed for England.

Spa Striders use Club Run to prepare for 5k and 10k events Spa Striders use Club Run to prepare for 5k and 10k events

Warwickshire based club Spa Striders are one of a number of clubs who have recently completed the England Athletics Club Run programme.  The club welcomed the visits by Gloucestershire based coach, Kerry Newell.  The sessions were aimed at helping prepare runners for the 5 miles and 10k distances, with a number of the club’s runners going on to set personal bests at a 10k race in February.

    DW Fitness First joins forces with Bristol and West Athletic Club
DW Fitness First joins forces with Bristol and West Athletic Club

England Athletics partners DW Fitness First in Bristol has joined forces with Bristol and West Athletic Club to not only learn from the best but experience some of the amazing expertise and experience the club has to offer.

It’s a nationwide programme that works superbly both ways. Not only will DWFF members benefit from the knowledge athletics clubs can provide, equally the up-and-coming superstars of tomorrow can learn from the specific strength knowledge a DW Fitness First coach has.

Instructors at the gym learn first-hand from the England Athletics licensed coaches, while the workshops put on by the Athletics coaches provide the opportunity for DW Fitness First club members to ask questions and get training programmes developed for their own specific needs.

    England Athletics Marathon programme teams up with Wolverhampton University
England Athletics Marathon programme teams up with Wolverhampton University

England Athletics have teamed up with the University of Wolverhampton to be able to offer the athletes on the marathon programme free physiological testing at the University. This is a fantastic opportunity to be professionally tested on treadmills and in a sports science laboratory.

    Gold Coast 2018 will be the most gender equal major multi-sports event in history
Gold Coast 2018 will be the most gender equal major multi-sports event in history

To mark International Women’s Day, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced that this Commonwealth Games will be the most gender equal in major multi-sport event history. 

In addition to the recruitment of technical officials, equality of medal opportunities and promotion of coaching opportunities, the CGF supports the representation of women and girls across broadcast and media, marketing initiatives, volunteering and governance at the Games.

    UKA Rules for Competition changes

UKA Rules for Competition 2018-2020 will come into force on 1st April 2018 and a number of changes have been introduced.

The changes document contains two tables: the first table comprises highlights of changes to the IAAF Rule Book (which can be identified within the text by the black lines in the margins) which have thus flowed through into the UKA Rules, while the second table lists changes to the UKA Supplements.

The new 2018 Rulebook will be published imminently and will also be available for download.

Click here to download the Changes document

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